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My dog started to suddenly leap up for no apparent reason
My dog, an Australian Shepherd, is 4y8m. About a month ago, she started to exhibit an odd behaviour. While lying down, for no apparent reason, she leaps up and freaks out. I notice this because I have hard wood floors and the nails of her hind paws suddenly make scratching noises. She does this so suddenly, her hind paws don't get any traction and it's like she's running on the spot, slipping and scratching up my floors!

I've had these floors for 3 years and she has never done anything like this until the past month. It's disconcerting because I don't know what's causing it and because she's scratching the hell out of my relatively new floors. She does this several times a day.

On a possibly related note, she has epilepsy and has been on Phenobarbital for the past 2.5 years. She's been seizure free for the past year and a half. I haven't notice any other odd behaviour and when I catch her doing this, she appears alert and aware.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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441382 tn?1452814169
Have you checked her very well for fleas?  After she jumps up does she bite or scratch at herself at all?

I have seen a few dogs do this over the years, they will react with a jump to a flea bite but if it's a flea they will usually pay attention to the area of the bite after they jump up.  

If not fleas, could there be some other type of insect in your house that's biting her?  

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No, she's not biting at anything. She just freaks out and stops. I noticed her heart is racing for about 20-30 secs after it happens. She actually just did it again. I wish I know what she was responding to.
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1436598 tn?1332900133
The only other thing I can think of (and I'm kind of reaching) is maybe something is going on in her back or hip and when the nerve gets compressed it causes some sort of pain that makes her leap up?
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462827 tn?1333172552
I too, have seen this behavior over the years, in two different dogs......One was with undetected flea bites.....The other was an Anal gland issue....Both seemed to be worse when they were laying down & being still!  
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Lol! Well, at least you typed it. Lol!  Yes, I have seen this too from fleas and anal gland issues.
As a matter of fact, the puppy here was doing that and after a thorough inspection, found 3 fleas at the base of her tail.  Damn neighbor's cats, I am sure.  
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If the vet says it's not the anal gland or fleas, could it be bad dreams? I have had dogs in the past to leap up out of a sound sleep, but not quite that bad of freak out.
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Taking her to the vet today so hopefully can get to the bottom of this.
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Good Job! Let us know what you find out...Good luck, Karla
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Sigh... vet couldn't find anything. Anal gland was all good. Flea comb came out clean. Vet seemed to think everything was normal so couldn't come up with a reason for the behaviour. Still, in case they're there and we just couldn't find them, she's on flea medication. Frustrating.
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You're not alone...my two mini pins have the same problem too, for about maybe one year now... I started to think if it has something to do with....We had a hunting cat before. The cat took many animals home and killed them alive. For sure those little poor ghosts died in “tragedy’ in our house...Just guessing my two babies might have been haunted by them. Well…maybe not because I can’t see why it did not happen right away and started recently. Two of them…always suddenly jump out of the bed or leap out of where they are at. It looks like they were shocked and scared by something because their tails are always down and they look like a loser while experiencing this. However, the next second they will be fine. I even asked an animal communicator to ask my dog about this. My dog Hanna said that it was a psychical type of thing.  She herself did not know why and was always shocked by herself too.
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You're not alone...my two mini pins have the same problem too, for about maybe one year now... I started to think if it has something to do with....We had a hunting cat before. The cat took many animals home and killed them alive. For sure those little poor ghosts died in “tragedy’ in our house...Just guessing my two babies might have been haunted by them. Well…maybe not because I can’t see why it did not happen right away and started recently. Two of them…always suddenly jump out of the bed or leap out of where they are at. It looks like they were shocked and scared by something because their tails are always down and they look like a loser while experiencing this. However, the next second they will be fine. I even asked an animal communicator to ask my dog about this. My dog Hanna said that it was a psychical type of thing.  She herself did not know why and was always shocked by herself too.
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My Pug just started doing this about a week ago. She is on Frontline and her butt doesn't smell like tuna (anal glands). When she jumps up, it is so sudden and she is lying down and resting when this happens.
She is 7 years old and I am wondering if it is a nerve/hip thing like one of the others said.
I'm going to keep an eye on her and let you guys know if I find anything out.
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My dog started doing the very same thing about 2 months at. No fleas, gland fine.
He jumps up from sleep like something hit him. His heart beats fast, he trembles like he is scared to death, and he walks around with his tail between his legs. He follows me into every room and has to be right next to me. I have begun to wonder if he is being bothered by some animal spirit, myself. He sits and stares at nothing! When I take him for a walk he acts normal. I don't have the money to take him to the vet so am real interested to hear anything other people are experiencing, and what has been found.
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Hi have you ever found out what was wrong with your dog? my Joey does the same thing sound asleep day or night jumps up like something scares them and actually plans on me follows me around the house. I as well have no money to take him to the vet otherwise he seems fine help please
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My dog started doing the very same thing about 2 months at. No fleas, gland fine.
He jumps up from sleep like something hit him. His heart beats fast, he trembles like he is scared to death, and he walks around with his tail between his legs. He follows me into every room and has to be right next to me. I have begun to wonder if he is being bothered by some animal spirit, myself. He sits and stares at nothing! When I take him for a walk he acts normal. I don't have the money to take him to the vet so am real interested to hear anything other people are experiencing, and what has been found.
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My toy fox terrier was doing the same thing. I took him to groomer and she said anal glands were fine. Got him home that same day and he was still jumping suddenly, scratching and biting at haunches. When he followed me around the house and barking incessantly (not usual behavior) I took him to the vet.She said his anal glands were "very full" even though groomer said they were clear.

When I called the groomer back I was told that most (all?) groomers only do exterior expressing with pressure (huh?) and that only vets do internal cleaning.

All I know is that he is back to normal and resting comfortably now.
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My dog 9+ year Male Westie has been doing this sudden jump kind of thing described here for past 6 months.

We did ultrasound thinking it was digestive thing related as he was having some issues in June. Ultrasound clear, bloodwork clear. And this continued.

Then our vet asked us to do x-ray because my dog suddenly stopped climbing stairs or couch. And then, the mild hip arthritis was diagnosed. We are also treating him with acupuncture (holistic vet). Vet also thinks it is mild nerve pain which is causing it. He said it is not serious enough to do an MRI or such.

My dog is on tramadol, and gabapentin (the sudden jump may be like a pinched nerve). Rimadyl was given for a few days and then i chose not to give due to the intense side effects especially on westies breed is predisposed to liver issues.

There are a few times the jumping thing happens - i am hoping this can be resolved with gabapentin or methocarbomol. I hope this is not start of IVDD.

Pharma: Tramadol + gabapentin
Nutraceuticals: Dasaquin + vetridisc for back pain

Hope this helps.
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My dog is a 14 year old siberian husky she is doing exactly the same as your dog ....at first i thought it was her age but like yours seems to be ok when outside i also thought about the fact she maybe see or hear something i could'nt....but she acts the same at my sons house so me as well would like to know i presently live 5 hours from her vet but will take her there if this continues.....shes my ( BABY )
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Hi my 9 year old dog has been doing the same thing weather it's night or the day freaks
out of a dead  sleep like he hears someone is scared and jumped on me and follow me around the house. Did you find what was wrong with yours. I don't have the money to take him to the vet
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My dog did the same. Jumped up from a sound sleep and then would look like she was scared to death. After a long process of tests, xrays, anal glands it was determined she suffers from Sleep Behavior Disorder. Humans get this as well. She is prescribed potassium Bromide. Since potassium bromide needs to build up in the system and take months to reach theraputic levels she was also presribed Clonzepam.  For more infomtomto your vet or a vetrinary neurolgist. There is also a little information online if you Google Sleep Behavior Disorder. Good luck!
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I was wondering if your dog still has this problem? I have a King Charles Spaniel (91/2 years) that just started this- she is laying down and then real fast jumps up and goes in a circle with her face pointing to her rear but then - real fast- runs to me and wants to get as close to my face as possible! She stares at me with a sad face and she sits, with a little shaking. I lay her down and check out her body, on both sides, best I know how. I see no fleas, I see no rash, I check out her orfices and use colloidal silver spray on them. She gets the anal glands expressed by groomer and is up with her flea and worm supps. I did read about the glands squeezed by groomer on outside and the vet does the inside but I never knew about that.?? But was curious to hear if you are still experiencing this. This is not just when she is sleeping, as other testament said. I can't imagine what this is.But she races around so fast!
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675347 tn?1365464245
I don't really know. But there could be all sorts of causes. She could be getting a sudden pain or twinge somewhere. Or if she leaps up out of sleep she could be startled by a dream she is having? Or there might be some biting fly or bug which gets to her...?

Have you mentioned this to your vet? That might be wise. It might or might not be neurological, or there may be another cause which is physical and needs checking. (tenderness in her belly area or something which causes a sudden sharp pain etc)
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